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Stadium Journey's 2023 Ranking of the HBCU Football Stadiums



Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have a very rich history of football programs that have produced hundreds of NFL players over the years. The games are a great source of entertainment and pride for many communities. In addition to the action on the field, HBCU’s games also offer top-notch performances by the school bands, which is an important part of the HBCU experience.


The Celebration Bowl, the National Championship Game for the HBCUs, is right around the corner, which means it’s time for Stadium Journey to release its ratings of the stadium experience to be found at each HBCU at the FBS and FCS level in the country. Our rankings are based on our FANFARE rating scale which considers a venue’s Food, Atmosphere, Neighborhood, Fan Support, Access, Return on Investment, and Extras offered by the facility. In cases where two or more facilities have the same score, the tiebreaker is determined by our Council of Elders.




Our top-rated stadium experience has great fans, a terrific band, and several championship seasons under its belt. Attending a game at Truist Stadium should be on your bucket list.




Great food selection, the music of the Sound Machine, and a terrific PA announcer assure that there is never a dull moment at an NCCU Eagles football game.




The New Alabama Stadium is one of the more recent builds in the HBCU system. Great food, the Mighty Marching Hornets band, and the on-campus location are the ingredients for a fun day in Alabama’s capital city.




Deon may have left the building, but the home of the JSU Tigers is still a rocking place on Saturday afternoons. The Tigers are still performing well on the field, while the tailgating is still top notch and you can’t get enough of the Sonic Boom of the South.




Louis Crew Stadium sets the standard for other SWAC venues. The beautiful setting, great tailgating, and terrific Bulldogs football on the field make for a very satisfying fall afternoon




A.W. Mumford Stadium is one of the largest HBCU venues. It’s in the middle of the lovely Southern campus, where the tailgating experience is wonderful, the Tigers are always competitive and the Human Jukebox never disappoints.




The Panthers began play way back in 1907. “The Hill” has been their home since 2016. The stadium is full every Saturday. The tickets are cheap, the team is playing well and the Marching Storm puts on a spectacular halftime show.




A great PA announcer, terrific band, and great football team add up to a wonderful gameday experience at Dick Price Stadium.




Every HBCU fan should make a pilgrimage to the “House That Eddie Built”. Tiger games are full of tradition, excitement, and great food. Make sure to include a visit to the Eddie Robinson Museum while you are on campus.




The Tigers are the only HBCU team to play their home games in an NFL stadium. The stadium provides plentiful seating, a huge video board, easy access, and a top-notch sound system to carry the music of the Aristocrat of Bands.




The great fans and terrific atmosphere visit Alumni Stadium a great place to be on a Fall afternoon.




A visit to the Daytona Beach area always offers a wide of activities to do before or after the game. Bethune-Cookman games are a sports event, a family reunion, and a concert all rolled into one.




Rattler fans are known for their enthusiasm, green and orange outfits, and great knowledge of football. The Marching 100 and a top-notch performance on the field add up to a great game-day experience.




Shell Energy Stadium is one of the most modern venues in HBCU football. It provides access from anywhere in the Houston metroplex. The Ocean of Soul band can always be counted on for a great halftime show.




One of the oldest venues in the HBCU world, Armstrong Stadium has been going strong since 1928. The brick structure was built to last, and the Pirates fans still fly the team colors from the mast.




HBCU football in the nation’s capital is always a unique experience, and Howard University’s William H. Greene Stadium does not disappoint.




Hughes Stadium looks great on the inside and offers a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon if you are visiting the Baltimore area.




Great football on the field, wonderful music provided by the Marching 100, and an on-campus location are the ingredients for a fun day for fans at Oliver C Dawson Stadium.




The fans are engaged, and there is a wonderful tailgating tradition as well as an on-campus location for Braves home games. Spinks-Casem Stadium is a great place to be on Saturday afternoons in the fall.




Visitors to Golden Lion Stadium will find a welcoming atmosphere full of Southern hospitality. The seats at the stadium provide a wonderful view of the action.




The college home of Deacon Jones and Jerry Rice, Rice-Totten Stadium features a long tradition of great football. Visitors to Itta Bena will feel very welcomed by the local fans. The band is superb and the pregame tailgate always offers a superb dining experience.

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